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Lawmakers approve $50M bond package

Maine lawmakers on Thursday approved approximately $50 million in bond proposals that, among other things, could provide a boost for small businesses.

Brunswick inn changes name

The Inn at Brunswick Station in Brunswick will change its name to The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern after a federal court in February ruled that its existing name too closely resembled...

For textbooks, SMCC entrepreneur aims to buck 'the book racket'

TINA FISCHER | allows students to buy and sell used books to each other, with no service charge, at better prices than other retailers...

King calls for raising ACA employer mandate threshold

U.S. Sen. Angus King has co-sponsored three bills to tweak the federal health care reform law, including a bill that would exempt businesses with 50 to 100 employees from a...

Portland's waterfront gets renewed interest

James McCarthy |

From east to west and everything in between, Portland's waterfront is changing.

Decide whether to make your hobby into a business


Maine is a place that seems to bring out creativity in people. It's brimming with artisans, inventors and culinary creators who dabble in ventures at all levels. For many, it's the...

SBA opens low-interest disaster loans to Maine

The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting applications for low-interest disaster recovery loans from small businesses, agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture...

Jim Coen launches franchise owners lobbying effort

Carol Coultas |

Jim Coen has spent decades in the franchise industry. It's a familiarity he's hoping to parlay into legislative action that improves franchise owners' chances of controlling their own...

Hulit to leave SBA, lead Northeast Bank division

A former Maine economic development official who rose to the top rank of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced Thursday she plans to return to the private sector as the...

Tom Toye III resurrects Park 'N Jet valet service

James McCarthy |

Fifteen years after getting out of the parking business at the Portland International Jetport, Tom Toye III is back in the game with his newly opened Park 'N Jet valet parking service.